Sir Walter Cocktail


Sir Walter Cocktail
(Commonly known as the “Swalter”)
1 Teaspoonful Grenadine. (1 teaspoon Small Hand Foods Grenadine)
1 Teaspoonful Curacao. (1 teaspoon Bols Dry Orange Curacao)
1 Teaspoonful Lemon Juice. (1 teaspoon Lemon Juice)
1/3 Brandy. (3/4 oz Germain-Robin Fine Alambic Brandy)
1/3 Rum. (3/4 oz Barbancourt 15 Rum)
Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.

It’s kind of hard to know which Sir Walter Raleigh this cocktail is named after. The Sir Walter Raleigh who was an “English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, and explorer who is also largely known for introducing tobacco to Europe,” or the Sir Walter Raleigh who was a “Scottish scholar, poet and author.”

Going from the dates of their lives and the date the Savoy Cocktail Book was published, it seems nominally more likely that this was named after the Scottish scholar, poet, and author, especially since he was well known during World War I.

On the other hand, the other Sir Walter, at least at this point in history, is far more well known.

To me, the ingredients don’t give much illumination, they could have been available in the 16th Century or the 20th Century.  In fact, it is kind of a punchy formulation, though probably in the 16th Century, not many barkeeps were bothering with single serving punches.

Fairly tasty, my advice would be to go long on the lemon juice, and short on the grenadine and Curacao.

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.

5 thoughts on “Sir Walter Cocktail

  1. Just a random curiosity–whence the knowledge that it is named after a Sir Walter Raleigh and not some other Sir Walter, e.g. Scott?

    • Oops, a good point Matt! It really could be any Sir Walter, I don’t see why not Sir Walter Scott (or any other Sir Walter for that matter…).

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